Fiat unveils the Linea facelift and Abarth 500 at the Delhi Auto Expo
Italian auto major Fiat made a splash at the ongoing Delhi Auto Expo by unveiling its facelifted Linea mid-sized sedan, high-performance Abarth 500 hatchback and Avventura concept which is based on its existing Punto.
Positioned as a contemporary urban vehicle (CUV), the Avventura is a Punto which has been raised, fitted with some black cladding and an externally mounted rear wheel that's placed behind the tail-gate. The headlights and tail-lights have been redesigned, and apart from not being a ground braking concept, the Avventura does look smart.
Fiat introduced the 'Adventure' hatchback concept in the Indian market with its Palio Adventure, and given the current onslaught of 'Cross' models being launched it only makes sense for the company to make the Avventura.
Apart from the showstopping concept, Fiat unveiled the facelifted Linea mid-size sedan, which apart from a nip and tuck job gets new interiors, and a host of new features. The company claims the car will help further enhance its position in the segment, with its enhanced comfort and cruise control.
At the expo, Fiat's high-performance tuning division Abarth also made its debut with the launch of the Abarth 500. The luxury hatch gets a host of performance upgrades in the form of a lowered suspension with up-rated springs, cross-drilled brake rotors and a 160PS turbo petrol motor.
The car also gets a host of enhancements in the form of sports seats, a turbo boost gauge, twin exhaust outlets, 17-inch alloy rims, EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distrubution), HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assistance) and even 7 airbags to make you safer.
The models on display at Fiat's stand looked promising, but save the Abarth 500 luxury hatch no new models made their way to India. Given the current economic scenario even the Fiat Group's Chrysler failed to make a presence, delaying the launch of its Jeep models in the country.
If Fiat really wants to start competing in the big leagues they need a fresh model portfolio, and where better to show off future models at the Auto Expo. Even the two models it has in the Indian car space – Punto and Linea, have been around for a long time, with the company unable to come up with suitable replacements for them.